• Learn about the conditions that led to Frank Furness' most incredible masterworks, including the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts seen here, on Wednesday.
      Learn about the conditions that led to Frank Furness' most incredible masterworks, including the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts seen here, on Wednesday.

Flashy new lights illuminate four Schuylkill River Bridges

Last night Schuylkill Banks and friends "threw the switch" and and lit the new, enhanced lighting on four Schuylkill River Bridges - Walnut Street, Market Street, JFK Boulevard and SEPTA. 

The new lights illuminate the bridges and add to the nightime lights that dance on the river along the Schuylkill River Trail. 

The Bridge Lighting Ceremony was part of the Schuylkill Banks Bridge Lighting project, which upgraded and restored the enhancement lighting that was originally installed on the bridges as part of the city's Millennium Celebration in 1999. The project included flood lighting, LED string lighting and pier lighting. The four bridges each had their lighting fixtures refurbished to provide dependable, energy efficient service. 

For the best viewing of the new lights, bike, jog or stroll along the lower portion of the Schuylkill River Trail after dark. 

    • The new lights were part of the Schuylkill Banks Bridge Lighting project
      The new lights were part of the Schuylkill Banks Bridge Lighting project
    • 30th Street Bridge pre-lighting
      30th Street Bridge pre-lighting
    • 30th Street Bridge after officials threw the switch
      30th Street Bridge after officials threw the switch
    • A boat cruised beneath the illuminated bridges as the lights danced on the water
      A boat cruised beneath the illuminated bridges as the lights danced on the water
    • 30th Street Bridge with 30th Street Station hidden in the background, pre-lighting
      30th Street Bridge with 30th Street Station hidden in the background, pre-lighting
    • The new lights illuminate 30th Street Station from the river
      The new lights illuminate 30th Street Station from the river
    • Some attendees watched the lighting from the water
      Some attendees watched the lighting from the water
    • In addition to the bridge lighting, festivities included dessert and a stroll along the trail
      In addition to the bridge lighting, festivities included dessert and a stroll along the trail
    • Current and former city and state officials pulled the lever to officially turn on the new lights
      Current and former city and state officials pulled the lever to officially turn on the new lights
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About the author

Christine Fisher, Transportation reporter

From 2012-2014 Christine covered transportation, writing about everything from pedestrian concerns to bicycle infrastructure, bridges, trail networks, public transit and more. Her favorite assignments sent her bushwhacking through Philadelphia’s yet-to-be-cleared bike trails, catching a glimpse of SEPTA’s inner workings or pounding the pavement to find out what pedestrians really think. Christine also covered community news for Eyes on the Street, where her work ranged from food sovereignty to public art and urban greening. She first joined PlanPhilly in fall 2011 as an intern through a partnership with Temple University’s Philadelphia Neighborhoods website. 


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